Rust issues!


My car had around 310 000 km’s (192 625 miles) on the clock when I bought it. It had been driven all year around, and mostly in southern Sweden and northern Germany. That means a lot of exposure to salt.

The previous owner did garage the car overnight, and he washed it very regularly, so it was not bad at all considering. Cars in this part of the world are really having a tough life when it comes to corrosion (on the flip side our interiors live forever). But still, there where a few visible rust spots, and as it would turn out (not too surprisingly) some more not so visible.

Here are a few images:

 

Strangest rust place really, rear roof to rear windscreen.

 

All jack points where about this bad.

All jack points where about this bad.

 

Front fender, behind the plastic cladding.

Front fender, behind the plastic cladding.

 

Rear windscreen rubber lip.

Rear windscreen rubber lip.

 

There where quite some minor rust issues here and there, adding up to a full respray in the end. I also replaced both front fenders with new OE ones. Ordered them without the pre-cut holes for indicators, I don’t like the look of them, plus they are in a rust prone place. This is what the car looked like after the painter worked his magic:

 

Newly painted car!

Newly painted car!

 

This is just to show how nice the paint job is. Very shiny indeed!

This is just to show how nice the paint job is. Very shiny indeed!

 

Here’s my Flickr album with pictures from the paint process:

 

E420 lack

 

Well that’s about it for this time. I am very happy that I took the time and money to respray my car, it was so worth it even though it’s no longer the original paint. But of course it was painted in the original color!

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